20th June 2018
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Carmichael puts his backing behind Holocaust Memorial Day

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Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, and pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day.

The event honours those who were murdered during the Holocaust as well as paying tribute to the Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

In the lead-up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events will be arranged by schools, faith groups and community organisations across the country, remembering all the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The theme for this year’s commemorations is “The power of words”.

After signing the Book of Commitment, Mr Carmichael said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an important opportunity for people from the Northern Isles and across the country to reflect on the tragic events of the Holocaust.

“As the Holocaust moves from living history, to just history, it becomes ever more important that we take the time to remember the victims and also pay tribute to the survivors. I would encourage everyone to show their support for such an important day.”

Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock added: “The Holocaust did not start in the gas chambers but with hate filled words. Our mission is to educate young people from every background about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.

“We are very grateful to Alistair for signing the Book of Commitment, signalling a continued commitment to remembering the victims of the Holocaust as well as challenging antisemitism, prejudice and bigotry in all its forms.”

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3 comments

  1. David Spence

    It was not just Jews who perished in WW II, but many other people, in fact, more than 6 million, of different faiths, nationalities, ordinary people and soldiers as prisoners of war, who were part and parcel of Hitler’s cleansing and agenda of the creation of the super race.

    Lets not forget we have killed more people in the last 150 years than we have in the last 2,000 years.

    What has mainly brought on this carnage and death, primarily technological advancements, but also economic necessity in the name of both ideologies of Capitalism and Socialism? A clash brought on by political differences and propaganda to enforce the commercial needs of the few but at the cost to the many. The present conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan highlighting this train of thought.

    Lets not also forget at the basis of war is to feed the always hungry institution which has, in some ways, been responsible for more wars and conflicts in recent history than anything else, this of the banking system(s) within western democracies .

    We never question the real truth behind what causes war and conflict.

    When the Bible says ‘ For the Love of Money is the root to all Evils ‘ never moreso demonstrated by our banking institutions.

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  2. John Ridland

    And maybe we can have a memorial abortion day, After all we have killed over 8 million unborn babies since the end off WW2, !!!! Wonder if Ali an the lib dems would support it…?

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    • David Spence

      Not wishing to belittle your comments John, but it is now recognised that one of the largest problems we, as humans, will have is the huge increase in population due to advancements in technology, medicine and the fact we are living longer.

      It is estimated the population will increase to over 9 billion by the year 2050, and with the impact of climate change, this may involve mass migration of peoples from parts of the world where climate change has had a dramatic affect on the environment and many parts of the world becoming more like deserts than fertile lands.

      China has increased the right of couples to have 2 children rather than 1 due to its economy flourishing, but China and India make up over 30% of the global population, and this is increasing at an alarming rate.

      I suspect within 2 or 3 generations, western democracies will be forced to do what China, has had in place for some time, the state dictating how many children you can have purely because of the amount of resources there is and literally nothing else.

      I am pro-life, but even this will have its limits to sustain a manageable population.

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